2019 NJCAA Division II Baseball World Series May 25-31, 2019 | David Allen Memorial Ballpark | Enid, Oklahoma

Northern Oklahoma Enid wins school's first NJCAA title

In front of a packed, standing-room only crowd for the championship game of the 2019 NJCAA Division II World Series, Northern Oklahoma Enid won the first NJCAA national title in school history – in any sport.

The fifth-seeded Jets survived a grueling left side of the bracket: handing top-seeded Pearl River its first loss of the tournament before defeating a tough Pasco-Hernando State squad two out of three times this week for a shot in the championship game.

How they got here

The dogpile, the celebration, the over-capacity home crowd. It almost didn't happen. Rewind two weeks ago to the NJCAA Region II Tournament.

Down to its final two outs, needing to force an if necessary game against a red-hot Redlands team on a Cinderella run, NOC Enid found an unlikely hero in Clay Lockett.

Entering as a pinch-hitter with the bases loaded, Lockett had only recorded seven hits on the entire season. That didn't stop the sophomore from launching a ball to deep left field for a walk-off grand slam.

The Jets went on to win the if necessary game to clinch their return trip to the DII World Series, making it out on the right side of a fine line between staying home and lifting the national championship trophy.

Title game recap

Mesa got on the board first via a Luke Patty double in the bottom of the third.

NOC-Enid quickly responded: EJ Taylor hit his third home run in two days with a solo shot to center field. Three batters later, an Alec Buonasera single drove in a run. Brendon Woelfle would shortly bring in Buonasera to give the Jets a 3-2 lead.

Enid tacked on another run in the top of the seventh before Mesa's Brian So hit a two-run home run to tie the game.

Dylan Caplinger proved to be the home run hero, crushing a ball in the top of the ninth to give the Jets the lead for good.

Sooner State Success

Northern Oklahoma Enid joins a recent list of championship success from NJCAA Division II clubs in Oklahoma.

The Jets become the third Region II baseball program to win a Division II championship this decade; joining Western Oklahoma State (2011) and Murray State (2013).

Record-breaking debut

Northeast came to Enid as the only first-time participant at the 2019 NJCAA DII World Series.

Don't feel too bad for them, though. The Hawks are in just their second year of a baseball program.

After winning its debut opening round game on Sunday, Northeast squared off with Madison the next day.

The two teams finished the game with a tournament record of 35 combined runs (Madison won, 21-14).

Drew Smith drove in nine RBI on the game for the Hawks, including seven in the fifth inning alone – both individual tournament records.

Mesa's ace Carter Robinson has been solid for the Thunderbirds all season. Robinson opened up the tournament with a complete game shutout, his third on the entire season. Robinson got the ball for the title game and threw the first seven innings for eight strikeouts en route to earning Pitcher of the Tournament.
Brandon Hudson was clutch on the mound for the Jets all week. Most notably, the freshman from Little Rock, AR collected the win in the championship game.
Raydon Leaton is the only head coach the Northern Oklahoma Enid baseball program has ever known. After helping found the program in 2001, Leaton has finally gotten the Jets a championship to their name. Leaton took home the Coach of the Tournament award.
A stadium record 4,220 spectators took in the Jets winning the school's first national championship in any sport. That shatters the previous stadium record of 3,069.

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